lundi 9 février 2015

Décor grandiose pour une démo de #streetdance fabuleuse à New York

Pour son superbe clip “Shapeshifting” de Color War, la réalisatrice Crystal Moselle a décidé de revenir aux sources de la danse : pas de décor d'opéra pour ce ballet très bien chorégraphié (tellement bon qu'on aimerait le voir à Paris)  mais les rues de New York et les décors bafuleux de Time Square (de quoi faire le lien avec notre prochaine critique du film Birdman de Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)

La vidéo montre trois ballerines se présentant à une école de danse. Elles dansent partout dans la ville, sur les trottoirs, dans la rue, dans les parcs, dans les parkings, sur les échafaudages et toujours avec cette exubérance et cet enthousiasme si caractéristique chez les jeunes danseuses.  

Attention, ces filles (et C Moselle aussi) sont très douées (ce sont de vraies danseuses) !

danse en VO

But back to the video. It features three teenage ballerinas, who had relocated to NYC from who knows where, to attend a ballet summer school. The trio dance all over the city—in playgrounds, down crosswalks, in parks; they bend their bodies to scaffolding and lamp posts and freestyle with the exuberance and unselfconsciousness that comes with being young and excited and awesome at your chosen skill.

Crystal Moselle , la vidéaste

Interview de Crystal Moselle   

 What were the reactions from people in the street when you were filming this? In some of the shots—like that insane one where one of them is doing the splits up a traffic pole—no one appears to be batting an eyelid. 
Crystal Moselle: Most times it all happened so fast and so spontaneously that people had to look twice to see what was happening. Once we got to Times Square they got a ton of attention and people couldn't stop taking photos. I was trying to curb it but it was impossible.   

How did you come up with this idea? Had you been waiting for a song to implement this video? Or was there something about this song that made you think of three girls dancing around the city streets in slo-mo?
Well Cassiel (the girl with bright blue eyes and Timbaland boots) and I had met in South Africa on a commercial I was directing about 2 years ago. She was only 12! We totally bonded on set and kept in touch. She came to New York this summer to do a ballet program and we decided that we had to do a project together. She's such a brilliant dancer but she also has such a fun charismatic personality so I wanted to fuse the two of those traits. We wanted to show this transformation between those two. It was so fun working with these girls. They were so fearless. We just ran around and freestyled along the way. 

How did you hook up with Color War?
Well Julie Brooke Williams, my stylist on the video, was also in South Africa and her and I had made the plan to do something with Cassiel. I mentioned that I wanted to work with a band and she made the connect. I fell in love with their music—it was so perfect—and it all went beautifully! The band are so talented and hilarious… hopefully they're my new best friends. 

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